Our Aims and Objectives

We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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What is Development Studies

What is development studies and decolonising development.

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Our Members

We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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Find out about our constitution, how we are run and meet our Council

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Meet our Council members and other staff who support the running of DSA

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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Past Conferences

Find out about our previous conferences

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Study Groups

Our Study Groups offer a chance to connect with others who share your areas of interest

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Students and ECRs

Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community

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Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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Membership Directory

Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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What we’re reading: Natural Resource Degradation and Human-Nature Wellbeing:

Cases of Biodiversity Resources, Water Resources, and Climate Change

Tanjila Afrin and Mohammad Saeed Islam, both DSA members, have published their first-ever co-authored book titled “Natural Resource Degradation and Human-Nature Wellbeing: Cases of Biodiversity Resources, Water Resources, and Climate Change” in Springer in March 2023.

The book scrutinises the underlying causes of natural resource degradation through a political economy lens by considering the cases of biodiversity resources, water resources, and climate change with a particular focus on a developing country (Bangladesh).

It demonstrates, through theoretical and empirical analyses, that natural resources have been exploited beyond sustainable limits due to the commodification process, the existence of fragile institutions and unequal power-sharing arrangements.

Simultaneously, the book attempts to develop an alternative framework of sustainability by incorporating the idea of human sociality. Human sociality implies that humans are social beings, who behave reciprocally. As nature provides numerous benefits to human beings, they are naturally inclined to conserve nature in return. Therefore, nature and human beings have a mutually beneficial relationship. The alternative framework emphasises the revitalisation of this symbiotic relationship—which becomes distorted in a market economy—to progress towards a sustainable transformative pathway that can ensure the well-being of both nature and human beings concurrently.